Belle Film Clip - Quite A Task To Sit For So Many Hours

Belle Film Clip - Quite A Task To Sit For So Many Hours

Download or stream "Quite A Task To Sit For So Many Hours," an official clip from the motion picture 12 Years A Slave for use with lesson plans.  This clip runs 1:01 seconds and features John Davinier as he watches Dido sit for a portrait commissioned by Lord Mansfield.  Video files can be large and can take time to download.  Please take a moment to preview the clip on our site before you download or stream straight from our site into your classroom!


Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Bell, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain priviledges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in 18th century England.

Courtesy: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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